Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 3)

Today’s Lesson

Read Psalm 45:6-7John 1:1-18, John 5:16-30, and Hebrews 1:8-12

Jesus is the Son of God: what does this mean? How can God have a Son?

In my previous two posts, I have explained that the title Son of God points us back to the Lord’s virgin birth and to his identity as The Messiah. In this post, I want to establish that the title Son of God also points us to the divine nature of the Lord.

First, let us look at Psalm 45. There, the psalmist depicts the Messiah as a conqueror who fights for the king (for, according to verse 1, the psalmist has good news for the king). In verse 2, the psalmist says that this conqueror is fairer than the children of men, which means that the conqueror is not himself a mere human. In verse 5, the psalmist makes it clear that this conqueror is fighting against the king’s enemies (thus, the conqueror is not the king).

Things get very interesting in verse 6. There, the psalmist calls this conqueror, whom we identify as the Messiah, God. In case the reader cannot believe what the psalmist just said, the psalmist states that this God’s throne is eteran. Then in verse 7, the psalmist states that this God has been anointed by God. So, according to Psalm 45, two persons are identified as God!

Now, let us look at Hebrews 1:8-12. The author of Hebrews catches unto the details we have mentioned about Psalm 45:6, and he explains that in the psalm God was speaking to The Son and calling him God. In case the readers are confused, the author of Hebrews immediately applies Psalm 102:24-27 to the Son. It would seem that the justification for applying Psalm 102:24-27 to the Son is that God created all things through His Word, which means that the author of Hebrews is identifying The Son as The Word.

Consistent with Hebrews, John calls The Only Begotten Son of God Word and Light. Jesus is The Son, he is The Word, and He is The Light (see John 1:1-18). Each of these titles indicates that something proceeds from something else. A son is a descendant of a father, a word proceeds from a mouth (or from a mind), and a light proceeds from a source such as a star or a flame. Finally, in John 1:18, we are told that The Only Begotten Son of God is in the bossom of the Father: this means, that the Son proceeds from the core of God’s being.

Let us now look at John 5:16-30. In John 5:18, the Lord’s claim to be the Son of God is perceived by the Jews as a claim to be equal with God. Despite the fact that the Jews are trying to kill him for this claim, the Lord presses the matter further.

The Lord tells them that he works because the Father works (verse 17), which means that the Lord sees himself as having equal authority with the Father. He also tells them that he does the same works that the Father does (verse 19), which means that the Lord sees himself as having equal power with the Father.  The Lord also tells them that the Father loves the Son and shows him great works so everyone can marvel (verse 20), which means that the Son has an unparalled relationship with the Father. In verse 21, the Lord claims to give life to whom he wills just as the Father gives life to whom He wills. In verse 23, the Lord states that the Son should be honored as the Father is honored. In verse 25, the Lord states he can resurrect the dead. Finally, in verse 26, the Son states that the Father has given the Son to have life in himself as the Father has life in Himself (in other words, God the Father has appointed Jesus to give life to all just as He is the source of all life).

Friends, there can be no doubt that when the Bible says that Jesus is The Son of God, it means that Jesus is a part of God’s being, a person who partakes of the essence of God’s being. Thus, even though Jesus is not the Father, He is one with the Father, and therefore Divine (God). To those who have read my previous posts, Jesus is The Word of God found in the Hebrew Bible (Tanach, or Old Testament).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Did Jesus claim to be equal with the Father? Did Jesus claim to be the Father?
  2. Do you believe Jesus is one being with the Father, proceeding from the essence of the Father?
  3. How does this post match your understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity? How does it differ?

Sample Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you are one with the Father. I believe you proceed from the essence of the Father. Therefore, I believe you are rightly called God. I believe that the Father is pleased when I put my faith in you, knowing that you are one being with Him. Such knowledge is wonderful, yet incomprehensible! I simply rely on what you have revealed about yoruself in the Bible. I place my faith in you, for you speak in the name of the Father.

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Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 2)

Today’s Lesson

Read 1 Chronicles 17:11-15, Psalm 2:7, Matthew 26:63, and Hebrews 1:1-2

Jesus is the Son of God. What does that mean? How can God have a Son?

In the Bible, Son of God is a title for the Messiah, or the Christ (which words mean anointed). God promised David that one of his descedants would rule forever and be a son to God (1 Chronicles 17:11-15). But how can anyone be a son to God?

Kings usually pass on their kingdom to their children, especially their firstborn son. According to Daniel 7:13-14, God will pass His kingdom unto the Messiah. In this sense, the Messiah is the heir of God, though God lives forever and does not die (Hebrews 1:1-2).

It is in this sense that Jesus is the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15): Jesus was not created, but as The Creator of all things, He has the right to rule over them. Moreover, Jesus is also the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18): not because He was the first one to resurrect, but because He rules over all mortals (all human beings) though He himself became a mortal.

In conclusion, that Jesus is The Son of God means that He, as the Messiah, will rule in human form from Zion over all the nations of the world (Psalm 2:7, Daniel 7:13-14).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why is Jesus does Jesus have the right to rule over all creation?
  2. Do you recognize Jesus as God’s heir, King of Kings, and king of your heart?
  3. The Bible teaches in Genesis 1:1 that God created all things. In Colossians 1:15, the Bible also teaches that Jesus created all things. How can both Genesis 1:1 and Colossians 1:15 be true?

Sample Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you are God heir. You are God’s Son! You are the one whom God has anointed as King over Earth, humanity, and all His creations, for all eternity! May I live forevoere in your kingdom, redeemed by your sacrifice, forgiven by your mercy and grace. Be thou the king of my heart today and forever. Amen!

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Other Posts and Writings

Did you like this post? Take a look at previous posts and other writings. Don’t forget to comment and share!

God

  1. God Is Eternal
  2. God Does Not Change
  3. God Is All Powerful
  4. God Is A Spirit
  5. God Is Sovereign
  6. God Is Righteous
  7. God Is Holy
  8. God Is Just
  9. God Is Merciful
  10. God Is Love
  11. God Is Complex

Jesus

  1. Jesus Is The Word of God
  2. Jesus Is The Angel of The Lord
  3. Jesus Is The Brightness of God’s Glory
  4. Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 1)

Values

  1. Faith and Certainty

Other Writings

Is Jesus the Messiah?

The Identity of God’s Servant in Isaiah 53Did The Tanach Promise a Divine Messiah?If God Is Not A Man, Can He Become One?

Reflections on The Trinity

The Trinity: Is Jesus God?To Whom Was God Talking in Genesis 1:26?

Unconditional Election

Is Jacob’s Election A Sample of Unconditional Election?God Hated Esau? What’s up with That!Romans 9:14-16 and Unconditional ElectionRomans 9:17 and The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart

Christian Living

Thinking about Equality and PeaceThinking about Self-EsteemWhat Does The Bible Really Say about Divorce and Remarriage?Why Does God Allow Pain in My Life?

Jesus Is The Son of God (Part 1)

Today’s Lesson

Read Luke 1:31-35, Luke 3:38, Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 1:26, and John 8:58

Jesus is the Son of God. What does that mean? How can God have a Son?

That Jesus is the Son of God does not mean that Jesus is the product of a sexual encounter between God and Mary. Unfortuntely, people who practice other religions sometimes believe this is what we Christians mean when we call Jesus Son of God: but that is not what we mean.

When the angel delivered the news to Mary that she would conceive a male child in her womb, he said that the child would be called the Son of God because the Spirit of God and the power of God would produce the child in Mary’s womb.

The Holy Spirit was involved in the creation of the world back in Genesis 1:2, and in the creation of the first man (Genesis 2).  In the same book of Luke, where Jesus is given the title of Son of God, the first man (Adam) is also called son of God (Luke 3:38).

In what way was Adam the Son of God? Adam was the Son of God in the sense that he was directly created by God. God made Adam in the image of God, and the Holy Spirit was involved, for God says, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26, KJV).

One thing we mean when we call Jesus The Son of God is that the Holy Spirit created the human body of Jesus in the womb of Mary while Marya was a virgin. I say “the human body of Jesus” because we believe that Jesus existed from all eternity before he was born as a human.

Moreover, the angel called Jesus a holy thing. Therefore, we deny that there was any sort of sexual relationship in the conception of Jesus.

Now, there are two more ways in which Jesus is the Son of God. I plan to write about those in my next posts.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Did Jesus begin to exist when he was conceived in Mary’s womb?
  2. What was the role of the Holy Spirit during creation and during the conception of Jesus?
  3. Do you believe Jesus was born of a virgin?
  4. Why is it important for us Christians to understand what it means that Jesus is The Son of God?
  5. In what other ways do you believe Jesus is The Son of God?

Sample Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. I believe that you were born of a virgin. Just as God created the heavens, the Earth, and the first human, God created your physical body in the womb of Mary while she was a virgin. I also believe that you, Lord Jesus, have existed for all eternity, before you were ever born as a human being. You are the same yesterday, today, and forevoer! Amen.

I praise your, Lord, for all the amazing things you do.

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Jesus Is The Brightness of God’s Glory

Today’s Lesson

Read Hebrews 1:3 and John 14:8-9

Have you ever seen a star? No, you haven’t. Whenever you look at a star in the sky, you aren’t really seeing the star itself: you are seeing the light that radiated from that star.

The light left the star and travelled millions of light years accross space to reach Earth, where your eye finally caught a glimpse of it. But the star itself is beyond your reach.

And yet, the light enables you to see everything the star is. Even though the light and the star are not the same, the light proceeds from the star because it is part of the star, and whatever we know about the star, we know because we can see and study its light.

Jesus is the light that proceeds from God. He reflects who God is and what He is like; He reflects all of God’s glory. And eve though Jesus is not the Father, Jesus is part of the Father Himself. Everything we know about God, we know because Jesus reveals it.

Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30). Therefore, the Bible tells us that Jesus is God (Titus 2:13).

Questions for Reflection

  1. How is Jesus like light? How is Jesus unlike light?
  2. How are the Father and Jesus alike? How are the Father and Jesus not the same?
  3. In what sense are Jesus and the Father one?
  4. Is it correct to say that Jesus is God? Does He deserve worship?

Sample Prayer

Lord, God the Father; and Lord, Jesus Christ. I recognize that you are one. I recognize that the Father is perfectl revealed in the Son, and that the Son proceeds from the essence of the Fahter. May I be forever in the hand of the Father, and forever in the hand of Jesus. Please continue to reveal yourself to me!

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Jesus Is The Angel of The Lord

Today’s Lesson

Read Genesis 48:15-16, Genesis 16:10-13, Exodus 3:2-6

God is The Angel who rescued Jacob from all evil. This does not mean that God is an angel: angels are finite and created beings, but God is infinite and eternal. What it does mean, however, is that a part of God manifests itself as a messenger.

This part of God is called The Angel of The LORD, and it is itself a person who acts with purpose, refers to God in third person, interacts with people, and is perceived as God Himself (this is what Hagar concluded).

Exodus 3:4 calls The Angel LORD and God; and in Exodus 3:6, The Angel identifies Himself as “The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, and The God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:4, KJV).

Given that the Angel of the LORD is identified as God, though He is distinct from God (in other words, the Angel of the LORD is identified as a divine person who is part of God); and since in the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh, or Old Testament) He is distinguished from the Holy Spirit; and since His role is to reveal God and deliver God’s message to humanity; we can deduce that the Angel of the LORD is Jesus preincarnate.

After all, the New Testament establishes that God is composed of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19); and Jesus proceeds from the Father (see John 8:42) to reveal Him (see John 14:9).

Questions for Reflection

  1. How is God different from angels?
  2. How is Jesus different from angels?
  3. How are The Angel of the LORD and Jesus alike?
  4. How are God and Jesus alike?

Sample Prayer

Father in Heaven, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, how wonderful and complex you are! How marvellous and passing understanding you are!

Lord, you have revealed yourself to humanity since ancient times, and now through your word (the Bible) you continue to teach people about yourself.

Continue to teach me about yourself. Help me to recognize that Jesus has always been with you as part of your.

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Jesus Is The Word of God

Today’s Lesson

Read John 1:1, 1 John 1:1, and Revelation 19:13

Jesus is The Word of God. This does not mean that Jesus is a spoken or written representation of an idea: Jesus is not a word; Jesus is The Word of God.

Yes, the Bible is the word of God, but it is the word of God in a different sense that Jesus is The Word of God. The Bible is the word of God in the sense that, through divine inspiration, the Bible is God’s written message to humanity (much like a letter is one person’s message to another).

However, when the New Testament declares that Jesus is The Word of God, it means that Jesus is a part of God’s being, a part that proceeds from God Himself to do God’s will. Acting as a messanger of God, The Word of God speaks for God (Genesis 15:1), teaches others about God (Proverbs 1:20-30), creates for God (Psalm 33:6), and accomplishes God’s will before returning to God Himself (Isaiah 55:11).

As The Word of God, Jesus is God, not because He and the Father are the same (Jesus and the Father are actually distinct one from the other), but because The Word of God proceeds from the Father’s being (John 16:27). Thus, The Word of God is related to God the Father in the same way The Spirit of God is related to God the Father (to read more about the Spirit of God, click here).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Do you believe Jesus is divine, or do you believe that he was only another human prophet or teacher?
  2. Do you belive that Jesus is one being with the Father and the Spirit of God, or do you believe Jesus was created by God?
  3. On what do you base your beliefs about Jesus?

Sample Prayer

Father in Heaveh, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, and God of the Bible, I belive in you, and I belive in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Messiah, your Son, whom you have sent. I believe He is your Word: one with you, the one who proceeds from you, the one who has returned to you.

Jesus, Christ, Messiah! Continue to reveal yourself in my life so I can continue to trust you and praise you. Amen!

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God is Complex

Today’s Lesson

Read Genesis 1:2, Isaiah 55:11, Exodus 33:14 & 22

God has revealed Himself to be complex. Just as humans have hearts, brains, and limbs, God reveals that there are different parts to Himself. God is a spirit (John 4:24), nevertheless there is a part of God that is called the Holy Spirit (see Genesis 1:2). God’s word proceeds from God, carries out God’s will, and returns to God (see Isaiah 55:11). God’s presence (Exodus 33:14) and glory (Exodus 33:22) are also extensions of Himself.

The complexity of God is hardly comprehensible to us human beings, nevertheless God has chosen to reveal it to us in the Bible, and with good reason. The complexity God reveals about Himself is the foundation for what God would later reveal about Himself in the New Testament: that God is triune.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why is it important that our understanding of God’s nature be completely based on what the Bible reveals about God’s nature?
  2. What do you understand about the doctrine of the Trinity?
  3. What Scriptures would you use to teach the doctrine of the Trinity?

Prayer Sample

Lord, you are marvellous! You exceed our understanding! How great you are! How beautiful you are! I praise you and worship you for who you are.

I humbly and meekly trust your word. I trust what you have revealed about yourself. Continue to teach me more about yourself so I can continue to praise you and fall in love with you. Amen.

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